Melaka, Malaysia



Budget Eats

Eating at the local eateries in Melaka will not cost you more than MYR12 for a meal with soft drinks. Generally you can have a simple breakfast with tea/coffee for MYR3-5 and lunch or dinner with soft drinks for MYR6-12. Options include Malay, Indian and Chinese eateries and a few devoted to simple Western meals. You can find many of these eateries operating in small shops and food courts at the shopping malls. There are also the invasion of American-style fast foods such as McDonald's and KFC across the city.
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Food court in Melaka
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The following are few recommendations for cheap eats in Melaka but you can always follow the crowd and know that the food must be good.

  • Kedai Kopi Chung Wah - No. 18 Jalan Hang Jebat, first white building on the right after crossing the bridge towards Jonker Walk. A family-owned restaurant serving Hainanese's chicken rice balls but you might have to wait in a line for an hour if you arrive around noon.
  • Famosa Chicken Rice Ball - No. 28 & 30, Jalan Hang Kasturi, a huge restaurant in an alluringly bright red building. Very slow service, but food is prepared very quickly so freshness is in question. Some hardcore connoisseur consider this place a tourist trap and quality not up to mark.
  • Hoe Kee Chicken Rice - No. 4, Jalan Hang Jebat, a few steps nearer to the Melaka River from the A'Famosa. Considered the original chicken rice ball shop, the taste is simply incomparable to the newer competitors. This outlet has been operating in this small corner for decades but still attracts lots of customers.
  • Jalan Kee Ann - A street occupied by eating stalls from 6.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. every day. The open air eating stalls are popular with both locals and tourists. It is a good place to eat and see the world go by while enjoying the evening air. Dishes include 'won ton mee' (noodle dish), 'popiah' (spring rolls), 'sup kambing' (lamb soup' and 'satay' (skewered meat) to name a few.
  • Hing Loong Taiwanese Noodle - No. 11-J, Jalan Bachang, out from the town center but have been discovered by many visitors to Melaka. The place is famous for its Taiwanese style noodles and the house specialty is its spicy beef noodles.
  • Capitol Satay Celup - No. 41, Lorong Bukit Cina, a short distance from the centre of the city. There are a number of 'satay celup' in Melaka but this is one of the most popular. You pay for what you eat and at the end of the meal, the skewers are counted. The price per skewer is MYR0.50-1. 
  • Portuguese Settlement - Located in Ujong Pasir, about five km from the old city centre. Stalls here prepare dishes from the local Portuguese-Eurasian community. Popular for its fried squid, baked fish, fried whitebait and hot devil's curry.
  • Tengkera Mee Soup - Located at Jalan Tengkera, near the famous Tengkera Mosque. Many varieties of noodles and are served Chinese style by a Muslim vendor and are Halal. Open from mid-afternoon until when the noodles are sold out.
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